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So much more than a business pitch competition,the CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge is a collaboration between Blue Ocean Enterprises, Inc. and Colorado State University‘s Institute for Entrepreneurship and College of Business that was created to ignite entrepreneurial spirits, attract and recognize the best new business ideas, and celebrate the Fort Collins and Colorado entrepreneurial ecosystem. The week’s events will bring together some of the most influential trailblazers in the industry.
Collegiate Challenge
   
Enterprise Challenge

 

 

$20,000 grand prize


1 year Blue Ocean mentoring


a chance at the glory
additional prizes TBA

 

 


$250,000 grand prize


1 year Blue Ocean mentoring
unrestricted bragging rights
additional prizes TBA



The Trolley Pitch Competition

Same Collegiate Challenge competitors. New competition and prizes. As a historic street car makes its way around Old Town Fort Collins, each team will have two minutes to pitch its business plan before the trolley stops and a new team gets on. All are welcome to watch this competition, and hop on the Trolley to watch a pitch.


See 2014’s Enterprise Challenge, Collegiate Challenge and Trolley Pitch Competition.

Welcome Matthew West

We are excited to welcome Matthew as our new business librarian consultant! Matthew joined the Poudre River Public Library from Loveland Public Library where he managed various library services, programs, and outreach initiatives. “I truly appreciate the spirit of entrepreneurship throughout our community,” says Matthew West. “It’s a testament to a business ecosystem that understands and values startups and small businesses. I’m excited to be part of that system and help people successfully create and

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Business Preparedness & Continuity

  Business Preparedness & Continuity Small Business and COVID 19: Business Preparedness vs. Freaking out March 11, 2020 Aikta Marcoulier  –  Pikes Peak SBDC Executive Director Do you remember how it felt after Waldo Canyon Fire, the Black Forest Fire, and the floods following our regional disasters? If you were a small business, you might still be feeling the after effects. Recovery takes a long time, especially in a community that relies on tourism. On

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We’re here for you!

Due to the current health crisis, SBDC services including consulting, workshops, and panel-events, are being moved to online platforms. Please be assured that we remain committed to serving small businesses in Larimer County and are here to help, just while being sure to follow proper social-distancing protocol. For up-to-date information on small business disaster preparedness and resources to help navigate this current situation, please visit the Larimer SBDC website.

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Support Local Restaurants with Delivery!

With the closure of local restaurant dine-in options, it’s more important than ever to utilize delivery services to help these businesses stay afloat, as well as the drivers who are often contract employees. If you’re doing your part and social distancing, there are still ways that you can support the local economy that provides our community with so much flavor! Many of the largest delivery services are stepping up to help people stay safe and

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